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Japanese Morning Glory
Ipomoea nil 'Miko no Mai'

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: nil (nil) (Info)
Cultivar: Miko no Mai
Additional cultivar information:(aka Sibyl's Dance)



Vines and Climbers


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall


Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brooksville, Florida

Derby, Kansas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 4, 2008, onalee from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

The translation for the name of this flower, MIKO NO MAI, is Sybil's Dance (Thank you Yasmi in Tokyo!):

Mikonomai = SIBYL'S DANCE "Miko" is Sibyl. They are ladies who are working in Shrine. They are wearing Japanese traditional red and white color clothes, in white shirt with red pleats skirt (actually it is not skirt, it looks like skirt, but inside is pants.). It is one of Japanese traditional Kimono. They somtimes dance at a ceremony. The flower, pink with white stripe, the color is the same as the Miko lady's clothes. That is why they named Miko no mai. "Mai" means dance.